All week long I’ve shared with you some of my favorite resources I use to help my patients cope with hospitalization. Let’s end another week with a peek into my child life market, Coping + Normalization Edition!
Image Source: http://confettifoundation.org/
In January 2014, The Confetti Foundation started supplying birthday party kits to children who spend their birthdays in the hospital. Through the party kits, children of all ages are celebrated and honored on their special day.
One of my favorite duties as a CCLS is helping patients celebrate important milestones, like birthdays! I love celebrating birthdays and the Confetti Foundation makes it so much easier to transform any patient room into a party! Each box they send out is categorized by theme/gender or labeled “for everyone”. Inside you’ll find streamers and other things to decorate the patient’s room, cups, utensils, plates, and lots of other fun goodies to help celebrate. For more information on the confetti foundation click here: http://confettifoundation.org/
Tanners Totes is dedicated to providing cheer to preteen and teen patients undergoing long-term hospital treatments and stays. A Tanner’s Tote is unique in that it presents the patient with a wide variety of new, non-food, items to bring some greatly needed distractions and joy.
This is another organization that I hold near and dear to my heart. The resources they provide are perfect for preteens/teens that are experiencing long hospital stays. We all know how hard it is to have games/toys/activities/resources for teens so these big tote bags are a Godsend! They include various items such as a dry erase board, uno, water bottle, sketch book, markers, colored pencils, etc. My favorite item in the bag has to be the Staples “Easy Button”. My kiddo’s always get a kick out of that one and it truly makes a positive impact during their recovery. These totes are TOTES amazing!
For more on Tanners Totes, visit https://www.tannerstotes.com/child-life-specialist
For information on getting Tanners Totes to your hospital, visit https://www.tannerstotes.com/child-life-specialist
Being that March is Child Life Month (YAY!) I am going to share with you 3 of my favorite finds throughout the week. Today is all about Pabs Packs!
“PAB” is for Pia and Abbie; that’s us. We are lifelong friends. One of the things we share is knowing what it’s like to be in the hospital feeling lousy and scared. Abbie was diagnosed at age 13 in 2013 with Type 1 diabetes. Pia received her diagnosis in 2014 at the age of 14: Stage 2A Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Thanks to the wonderful care we received at Children’s Hospitals Pia is cancer free and Abbie has her diabetes under control. With a lot of help from our families, we started PAB’S PACKS in 2014 because we wanted to help kids who are going through long days in the hospital.
I split my days between NICU and our surgery/orthopedics unit. The surgery/orthopedic unit is where I meet patients that are about to go into surgery and are in major need of some comfort. Pabs Packs are the perfect compliment to my teachings/preps prior to surgery because they include everything the patient’s need at that time.
- A soft blanket
- A stress ball
- Chapstick and lotion
- A very cute and cuddly penguin (which I’ve been able to place IV’s on during medical play to match the patient)
- A journal with a pen (which I use to encourage patients to write any questions they may have or journal about their experience)
- & a flyer with the inspiring story of Pia and Abbie and their journey with hospitalization
My teens absolutely love their Pabs Packs inside and out (the backpacks themselves are very chic, modern, and unisex)! I’ve seen time and time again what a tremendous positive impact they have on not just the patients, but the family as well.